Coffee Chat: Launch a Career in Patent Law at Wilson Sonsini

October 21, 2020
12 p.m. - 1 p.m.
Zoom (register for link)


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Curious about careers in patent law and intellectual property? Come meet UCSF alums and their colleagues from the firm Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, to hear about career opportunities for grad students and postdocs.  This is a great opportunity to get insider tips on how to get started in this competitive field!


Maya Skubatch, J.D. – Partner, Patents and Innovations, Wilson Sonsini

Adrian Barker, Ph.D., J.D. – Associate, Patents and Innovations, Wilson Sonsini (UCSF PhD in Biomedical Sciences)

Brandon Tavshanjian, Ph.D. – Patent Agent, Patents and Innovations, Wilson Sonsini (UCSF PhD in Chemistry and Chemical Biology)

Srividya Chandramouli, Ph.D. – Patent Agent, Patents and Innovations, Wilson Sonsini


  • Short presentation on careers in IP law and opportunities at Wilson Sonsini
  • Open Q&A with UCSF alums on transitioning from academia to working in a law firm
  • Time to connect with speakers informally (see our tips on networking!)

About Wilson Sonsini

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati is the premier legal advisor to technology, life sciences, and growth enterprises worldwide, as well as the venture firms, private equity firms, and investment banks that finance them. Wilson Sonsini’s patents and innovations practice helps clients leverage their intellectual property, defend against claims of others, and establish a competitive position for the future in fields such as therapeutics, biologics, personalized medicine, research tools, and clean technologies.

Our team helps growing companies achieve important milestones by securing, developing, and protecting their most vital IP assets, while also advising established companies responsible for advancing groundbreaking discoveries. The firm’s patent attorneys and patent professionals have extensive experience working side-by-side with mature companies valued at billions of dollars, innovative start-up enterprises, and individual inventors as their trusted IP advisors. 

We have a long and trusted track record of IP value creation, as members of our practice are responsible for the development of the IP portfolios covering such inventions as the DNA chip, cancer therapies, nanotechnology, cell-free genetic tests, medical devices, stem cell technologies, and next-generation sequencing.

October 21, 2020

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